Shakespeare's Globe

Under the Black Flag [2006]

Written by: Simon Bent
Directed by: Roxana Silbert

High seas and low politics.

King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell presides over the new Commonwealth. All should be well, but for a motley crew of disaffected radicals, chief among them John Silver, England under the ‘Lord Protector’ is little better than it was before. Only at sea, under a pirate flag, can the clamourous voices of republicanism, anarchy and theocracy be heard.

This boisterously bold production follows Silver as he plies his violent trade – dodging the knife of his ruthless pursuer, Captain Mission – and exposes the class hatred and religious hypocrisy of the 17th century.


  • Designer Laura Hopkins
  • Composer Orlando Gough


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